Zena – doing better, but she could really use donations for specialist treatment


Little Zena was rescued by Minpinerie a while back. She is 9 years old and lived in a crate nearly all day, every day of every one of her first eight years of life. Because she requires continued care, she will stay in her wonderful forever-foster home. Her parents have been working hard with her and she is able to walk to some extent (see our Facebook page for updated videos). Hooray! We’ve discovered she has some neurological issues. We will continue to pay for her care and make sure she and every other dog we can help have the best lives possible. If you would like to donate to her care to help us help her live out her days in comfort, having the life she always should have had, please donate.

Below is a video of Zena from a while back. Here is the Go Fund Me link  for her – every donation tax deductible.


We have such a great team in our adoption coordinator Louise and founder Ruth and Jaye and so many more, that we place dogs quickly and effectively because we have potential adopters fill out applications, and we can quickly review them and make great matches.

So, NO! We don’t post many dogs!  🙂

We also contact all applicants personally! We are a little different than most rescues!

But as with all rescues, dogs come in to our care unpredictably. We never know from week to week. That is why having  approved applications on file is beneficial to adopters and to the rescue to get the dogs into homes as soon as possible….

Fill out an application! Get approved! Having an approved app on file will mean the fastest match possible for your trial adoption. Hope to hear from you soon!    ~The Minpin all-volunteer team



“Foster love” that wonderful people like you provide is the key to being able to save dog lives.

If we do not have enough caring people to open their hearts and homes to these dogs, dogs may be turned away,  surrendered to shelters, dropped off in fiels, thoughtlessly given away to any taker (maybe a breeder/puppy mill front) or sold for profit to an uncaring buyer or incapable owner.

You can make an enormous difference in the world by fostering a homeless soul for a few weeks or a few months, while other members on the Minpinerie volunteer team work tirelessly at finding these dogs permanent homes.

As a doggie foster parent, you will feed, exercise, protect, train, love and cuddle a beautiful and vulnerable little homeless dog. Minpinerie is responsible for all the dog’s veterinary expenses. IF you have the time and patience, you are encouraged to teach the dog good behavior and commands, but most of our dogs, unless very young, already have these.

In general, Minpinerie rescues miniature pinschers and minpin/mixes, but also other small dogs in need, as a rule under twenty pounds (chis, chi mixes, poodle/mix, terriers, etc).

Be prepared to fall in love!!
All the other cats/dogs in the home must be fixed and up-to-date with shots. In the case of very small dogs, there must be no children under 10 because they can easily injure a dog by dropping or squashing him.

Expect to feel so good and accomplished as your foster leaves to join her new family. It can be hard, but the whole team along with all the other Fosters are here to support you, and consider that there will unfortunately always be another furry face waiting for your help!

BONUS: Minpinerie will give foster parents “first dibs” on adopting their foster dog!!!

Please consider becoming a valued part of our important team to help a dog in need. THANK YOU!

Fill out the application on our website at https://www.minpinerie.ca or contact Louise at 613-260-9707 or loulouonline@rogers.com.

We hear : If I could I would save them all!, Here’s your chance. By saving one, you can help save many.

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Hello! Would you like to foster a dog in need? Our rescue cannot save dogs that have been abandoned or rescued from a shelter or puppy mill unless we have foster homes with loving folk like you to help prepare dogs for their forever homes. Minpinerie is a non-profit Ottawa-based organization made up of dedicated dog-loving volunteers who rescue and foster miniature pinschers that have been surrendered by their owners, willingly released by puppy mills or breeders, or abandoned in shelters. If you have the room in your home and your heart, (or know of someone who might) please let us know by filling out the application online and help us out by giving one of these sweeties a loving temporary place to stay on their journey to their forever home. You can find out more about a dog that might fit your family and lifestyle by calling or writing to Louise at loulouonline@rogers.com or filling in the volunteer application.